The high US normal in Afghanistan relinquished command Monday at an official ceremony within the capital, the newest symbolic gesture bringing America’s longest struggle nearer to its finish.
At a time when the Taliban are making sweeping advances throughout the nation, General Austin “Scott” Miller — the highest-ranked officer on the bottom in Afghanistan — handed command to General Kenneth McKenzie, an AFP correspondent on the Kabul ceremony reported.
Miller has been in Afghanistan since 2018, however in May was charged by commander-in-chief President Joe Biden with organising the ultimate withdrawal of US troops, to be accomplished by the top of August.
Since May, a lot of the 2,500 American troops remaining at the moment have left, and the US has additionally handed over to Afghan forces Bagram Air Base, from the place coalition forces carried out operations towards the Taliban and jihadist teams for the previous twenty years.
About 650 US service members are anticipated to be stationed in Kabul to protect Washington’s sprawling diplomatic compound, the place Monday’s ceremony befell.
Top Afghan officers and army officers attended the ceremony contained in the closely fortified inexperienced zone.
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